Thursday, September 27, 2012

US Government and Private Sector Invest in Light Rail Systems

Many are upset about the expansion of rail systems across the country because the cost may not be covered by passenger fares. I personally fail to understand why investment in public transportation has to be offset by the income of the rail systems. It seems to me that expansion of rail systems improves our national transportation infrastructure and creates jobs. I'm curious how many of the naysayers would prefer that interstates and dams and bridges had never been built.

Source: Infowars

A report published by Thomas A. Garrett, a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Missouri describes the necessity of light-rail systems throughout the continental US as a sound economic development. Garrett explains that: “the idea that rail transit can promote economic development with the cooperation of city officials and private developers is known as transit-oriented development (TOD). Although TOD is one goal of any public transportation system, officials see light rail as a particularly amenable tool for spurring economic development.”

Using the false reality of job creation, citizen preferences of trains over personal cars, mitigation of air pollution and alleviating traffic congestion are justifications that coerce the general public to support the construction of light-rail systems in their communities. The truth is that these expensive endeavors create solvency of citizens and state governments to the construction and operating costs of light-rail systems.

Florida GOP Fires Romney Consultant's Voter Registration Firm for Fraud

You know how the Republicans are passing all of these laws to fight nonexistent voter fraud? Guess what. They're paying consultants to commit voter registration fraud. The only question is who knew? Does Romney have any complicity in these crimes?

Source: The BRAD BLOG

The Republican Party of Florida's top recipient of 2012 expenditures, a firm by the name of Strategic Allied Consulting, was just fired on Tuesday night, after more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms were discovered to have been turned in by the group to the Palm Beach County, FL Supervisor of Elections.

According to the FL Election Code, the alteration of a "voter registration application...without the other person's knowledge and consent" is a third degree felony, punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Similarly, the willful submission of "any false voter registration information" is also a third degree felony. (Though don't tell fading GOP superstar Ann Coulter that, since she submitted fraudulent information on her own voter registration form --- in Palm Beach County, FL, coincidentally --- back in 2005, before knowingly voting at the wrong precinct illegally, as we have covered in great detail here over the years. See for full documentation.)